March 4th, 2011, 05:45 PM
I did a search and couldn't find one. If there is one a link would be appreciated. If there isn't, I would like to take this opportunity to start the TDPRI Explorers Club.
2010 Epiphone Korina Explorer.
March 4th, 2011, 05:50 PM
Very nice . . . I once bought my son an Explorer (though an Epi), and so far as I know, he still has it. Maybe he'll sign up for the club . . . .
March 4th, 2011, 11:45 PM
I've got one! An Explorer Pro GOTW #4
March 5th, 2011, 09:14 PM
Oh my, that's real nice lookin'
March 8th, 2011, 02:26 PM
No pics but I've got two, a Hamer Standard cherry flame and an SX black one that acutually really rocks. I love explorers!
March 8th, 2011, 08:29 PM
I really like mine. It's surprisingly comfortable to play, and once I got rid of the horrible stock 496R/500T pickups, it sounds great. (Now running Duncan 59s)
March 8th, 2011, 11:37 PM
Don't have one yet, but I love Explorers and Jackson Kellys!
March 27th, 2011, 01:13 AM
Got this one back in 1983 for $700. Sold it on ebay in 1999 for $1200.
September 24th, 2011, 11:55 AM
1981 tobacco burst curly maple top. one of the last ones from the kalamazo factory.
OEM dirty fingers PU's are very hot, even after 30 years have elapsed to demagnetize. fine tuner @ bridge loosing plating on top. tuning keys loosing plating also. way heavy solid mahogany neck/body. front side white body binding turning yellowish. large round substantial neck with fairly flat radius has nice low action as issued.
great sounding axe! sustains 'till the cows come home. the admission price is weighing in at 12-14lbs, it feels like your straps are holding up a small mahogany tree. the dirty fingers will get cool sounding pinch harmonix outta most any good tube amp. [think: intro to skynyrd's "sweet home alabama"]
the body style is totally devoid of ergonomics. what looks so-o-o "futuristic" in photographs becomes impediments during use. the weight would be troublesome when playing on your hind feet for a long time. oddly, all the protruding "star points" at the corners aren't too bad when sitting, as the valley between the two lower points create a good saddle to lock the beast in place on the leg. still, when seated, digging into the picking arm bicep from below, just slightly above the elbow joint is uncomfortable. some models were scalloped there just for that, and the "clapton" model has a shortened point to eliminate that problem, as well as some with the front body face corners getting a generous radius increasing body contact on the corner. the strap mounts are poorly placed and with all the glue joints on the end of the neck, dropping anchor has been the demise of many an E II... get strap locks and save the originals in case you ever want to sell it.
overall, in spite of the human engineering issues, THE ONLY axe i know of capable of generating the signature sound that has made so many learn to work around those problems. it can also generate very clean, almost acoustic sounds with the volume rolled back. [think "U2"]. plays amazingly easily, even this far down the timeline it is still as straight and true as when manufactured.
it took a long time to warm up to this axe with the comfort problems, i rarely ever play it in spite of the great sounds it makes. still, hard to bring myself to sell it, even after many left brain/right brain debates on that very subject.
October 11th, 2011, 12:03 AM
Hamer '01 standard
June 6th, 2013, 02:07 AM
I had to go eight pages back to find this club and was thinking that I might have to start one. Anyway, I joined the club tonight when I picked up a used, but mint condition, Epi Korina '58 Explorer.
Here she is:
June 27th, 2013, 06:27 PM
Very good mid 1990s copy here. Solid lump of mahogany, great chunky neck, pretty heavy, but a huge sound. Gold hardware too, yet it cost me very little at all, really.
Not really my usual style of guitar, I bought it for those more lighthearted gigs we sometimes do, but this guitar plays and sounds really nice, and has a great clean sound too. Nice to play sat down with too.
June 30th, 2013, 12:01 PM
My '58 Korina
July 20th, 2013, 10:25 PM
I wish I could be in this club :(
Maybe someday :)
July 21st, 2013, 11:51 AM
I wish I could be in this club :(
Maybe someday :)
The Epi Korina '58 Explorers are excellent and are out of production but can still be found new in stores for not much money. They are also available at good prices on the used market, you'll just have to do some searching.
Do what I did, grab one of those and upgrade the pickups and electronics and you'll have yourself a great player for little money.
July 28th, 2013, 06:21 PM
I picked up this 2010 model Epi slightly used at GC in perfect shape. I fell in love with the clean sound, plus it does the rock thing in spades as well. I absolutely love the stock pickups. Not super heavy, and suprisingly comfortable to play.
I put the Bigsby on, well just to be different.
August 6th, 2013, 01:56 AM
Oh, this is a fun one. I love Explorers. I have this old 1973 ish Cort Explorer that I got with another guitar from a pawn shop. It had Gibson deluxe tuners on it and I bought both guitars for $100.00. The other was a Martin Stinger. I don't normally decal my guitars so I exorcised that personal demon with this one. We call it "The Trailer Queen" because the veneer looks like that old paneling that they used back in the 70s in trailers. I gutted it, used the Gibson tuners on another guitar, put Grovers on it, and installed new electronics, CTS, Switchcraft, and Dimarzio 36th Anniversary PAFs, and installed a bone nut. I wish it had a stop tail piece/ABR bridge but it screams and its fun.
I found a photo of it before I wired in the Dimarzios and before the decals went on it. At this point it had the Epiphone humbuckers from my Epi Les Paul Standard in it.
October 27th, 2013, 04:56 AM
Count me in!
Just got a Gibson 2012 Traditional Pro:
Photobucket kinda dulled the beautiful Wine Red finish.
Loving all the other Explorers in here, btw. They're all beautiful!